Many times as artists we are asked to participate in student events...curating an exhibit, giving a workshop, making space for an internship. But for the first time, I have been asked to participate in a SENIOR event. In June, a local senior living facility is having an arts festival and I have been asked to exhibit alongside the residents.
As I chatted with the activities director, she explained the challenges that seniors face as they create. From diminishing eyesight to more serious physical disabilities, these seniors continue to push themselves and express themselves through art. I am honored to have been asked to participate in their festival. The tagline for the festival is "We are all flowers, some of us just bloom later than others."
In response to what I have learned about them, I am working on a new series, in which I have photographed roses which, although past their prime, convey beauty, unique textures, depth, hidden bursts of color, a joy and a reflectiveness -- all of which remind me of these seniors.
Stay tuned...I will post again during or shortly after the exhibit so you can see their fantastic work.
Continuing on my journey of combining traditional media with digital media, I've combined paper and fabric collages with my image of the Eiffel Tower. These mini 4x4 collages are a combination of vintage postcard graphics on oriental rice paper, dyed organza, and archival ultrachrome inks transferred to the collage. I'm really excited about this technique because it combines collage, textiles, digital graphics, and printmaking...all of which I can't get enough of!
I'll have these pieces and more like it at upcoming shows, the first of which is SoWa Opening Weekened, May 16 & 17. Hope to see you all there!
It's time for the Disintegration reveal! All winter my little bundles have been tucked among some old branches taking all the beating that a New England winter can dish out. What began as the pages of an old playbook are now really weathered, curled, and ripe for use in what will ultimately be a collage...THAT reveal will be in August.
Here are a few more "After" images...
To see how this project all began, check out The Altered Page, where 123 other artists took part in this experiment.